HUM 130 Week 4 DQ 1 - 7721

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How did the childhood experiences of Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) lead to his questioning of the spiritual practices of his time?

 

From what I can determine, Buddha was born into wealth and later renounced it to seek enlightenment because he realized that even wealth cannot guard against pain, aging and eventually death.  “the god arranged for him to see the ‘four sights’ that his father had tried to hide from him: a bent old man, a sick person, a dead person, and a monk seeking eternal rather than temporal pleasure” (Fisher, 2005). Perhaps the shock that all this existed, and he was sheltered from it, could have led to drastic measures. He attempted traditional methods of study, and perhaps it was not enough. He then took extreme measures, including severe fasting and exposure to extreme cold. Perhaps, after not getting any answers he tried a life of moderation. This led him to finally believe that he understood life on a more spiritual level.

 I believe that Buddha began to understand that his wealth and material possessions were temporary and that left him feeling somehow empty.  His choice to renounce it was only significant because he had it in the first place.  I can’t help but to wonder, if Buddha been born poor, would he ever have sought anything more than wealth.

 

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How did the childhood experiences of Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) lead to his questioning of the spiritual practices of his time?

 

From what I can determine, Buddha was born into we